The Sword in the Stone

Sword in the Stone


“A legend is sung, of when England was young, and knights were brave and bold. The good king had died, and no one could decide who was rightful heir to the throne. It seemed that the land would be torn by war, or saved by a miracle alone. And that miracle appeared in London town:
The Sword in the Stone.”


Rickie Sorensen
Karl Swenson
Junius Matthews
Sebastian Cabot
Norman Alden
Martha Wentworth


Wolfgang Reitherman


25th December, 1963


79 minutes


The animated motion picture The Sword in the Stone, that is based on the 1938 namesake novel, as a movie, aims at explaining, in a very simple and childish manner, the fundamentals of scientific fields such as physics, the notion of gravity, and dabbles into things like love. Make no mistake; it has nothing to do with the history of The Dark Ages, even though it is based on the legend of the Excalibur. It only provides a base for the story, as the Wart, the protagonist, is the future King Arthur.


The film focuses on setting examples for kids on the importance of brains rather than brawn, on how education and knowledge is much higher than physical strength, the fact that love can leave you with a broken heart and such. It also explains the basics of the gravitational force on earth, and how creativity and imagination should be a part of one’s common sense. The fight using magic between Merlin and Mad Madam Mim demonstrates the fact that one must be creative in order to win, and that Good will always triumph over Evil.


A fun movie for children, and a very interesting way to teach them about science and love and morals, most of you must have seen in your free period at school (I did), and you might want to re-watch just for nostalgia. And if you have kids, this movie is a great way to teach them and bond with them over a rainy weekend.





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  1. Caught this back in primary school, would never have guessed it's a release from the early-1960s!

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